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February 10, 2015 Updates

Brooklyn Nets Coach Lionel Hollins recently stated, unprompted, that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver should name Garnett to the all-star team this weekend in New York in recognition for what he’s done to revolutionize the game and carry the league for two decades. Garnett, who hasn’t stated whether or not he’ll retire after this season, brushed off reporters when asked about the possibility, since he has grown weary of people making note of his past accomplishments and treating what once was routine for him – like dunking – as something special. He’s got no time for sympathy or praise. Washington Post

“I’m sure he doesn’t want it,” Minnesota Timberwolves Coach Flip Saunders said, when asked about Garnett going through this season without much applause. “I think part of it is, he’s in Brooklyn. People don’t identify him with Brooklyn. You see the people that go out, they’re with a team that somebody can identify with. Tim Duncan in San Antonio. I think Kevin, if he was in Boston or Minnesota, he’d probably have more of that.” Washington Post

February 9, 2015 Updates

Ian Begley: Not that you need me to confirm what Adam Silver's already said, but I am told that James Dolan will not face NBA discipline for his email. Sources say Dolan wasn't fined because his email wasn't vulgar & didn't broach subjects that may cause the NBA to act such as race, gender. Twitter @IanBegley

Jeff Zillgitt: In wide-ranging interview, NBA commissioner Adam Silver reflects on first year, focused on making game better: usat.ly/1vdu8W6 Twitter @JeffZillgitt

Silver, who joined the league in 1992 as a special assistant to Stern, was next to the former commissioner for some of the NBA's biggest crises: the ugly brawl between the Detroit Pistons and the Indiana Pacers in 2004, the troubling Tim Donaghy betting scandal in 2007, the frightening gun incident inside the Washington Wizards' locker room in 2009, plus lockouts and internal issues. Those times helped him as he faced something so serious early on. "I felt I was prepared as I could have been for the job coming in," Silver said. "From Day One in 1992, when I began in the league, I always at least was in the room to watch David Stern and his process of decision-making. I was privy to his thought process and the legal process behind dozens of impactful decisions." USA Today Sports

In a recent issue of Delta Sky, Chenault told the inflight magazine, "Leadership reputations are made or lost during a time of crisis. And the way you judge a strong company is really that company's ability to not just survive a crisis but to emerge stronger." Chenault talked to Silver within 48 hours of the Sterling audio going public. "Adam did a terrific job. What's important is that Adam is authentic and he understood all the different constituents who were important," Chenault said. "Adam understands the NBA is a very important brand and is a public trust. People saw Adam's actions as thoughtful, authentic and genuine, and Adam has a high level of integrity. Instinctively, I knew Adam would do the right thing." USA Today Sports

With a wide range of responsibilities to various constituents, Silver works for the owners and he hears from them often in different ways. Some e-mail, some call and Cuban likes to use CyderDust, his electronic communication app that leaves no trace of correspondence. "Ultimately, I recognize that I serve at the pleasure of 30 owners, but they recognize there are positions I need to take and do take for the long-term health of the sport that may conflict with their self-interest at any given time," Silver said. "They understand the responsibility of the commissioner is broader than the immediate interest of those owners." USA Today Sports

February 8, 2015 Updates

However, the most interesting answer was his to the question of if the NBA should change its playoff system and, rather than take the top eight in each conference, take the Top 16 teams and seed them regardless of conference. Here was his response (that part of the interview starts at the 5:05 mark on the video above). “Ultimately we want to see your best teams in the playoffs. And there is an unbalance and a certain unfairness. There is a proposal (from one of the broadcasters)… where the division winners would all automatically go into the playoffs and then you’d seed the next 10 best teams. I think that’s the kind of proposal we need to look at. There are travel issues of course, but in this day in age every team of course has their own plane, travels charter. I don’t think the discussion should end there. And as I’ve said, my first year I was studying a lot of these issues and year 2 is time to take action. It’s something I’m going to look at closely with the competition committee. I do think it’s an area where we need to make a change.” NBCSports.com

February 6, 2015 Updates

Adam Silver was at the Stephen Curry show in Oakland last night, and he had killer seats. It’s one of the perks of being commissioner. He also went on the air on Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area and took some questions from fans posted for him on Facebook, with topics ranging from his basketball experience to expanding the NBA to Europe. However, the most interesting answer was his to the question of if the NBA should change its playoff system and, rather than take the top eight in each conference, take the Top 16 teams and seed them regardless of conference. Here was his response (that part of the interview starts at the 5:05 mark on the video above). “Ultimately we want to see your best teams in the playoffs. And there is an unbalance and a certain unfairness. There is a proposal (from one of the broadcasters)… where the division winners would all automatically go into the playoffs and then you’d seed the next 10 best teams. I think that’s the kind of proposal we need to look at. There are travel issues of course, but in this day in age every team of course has their own plane, travels charter. I don’t think the discussion should end there. And as I’ve said, my first year I was studying a lot of these issues and year 2 is time to take action. It’s something I’m going to look at closely with the competition committee. I do think it’s an area where we need to make a change.” NBCSports.com

February 5, 2015 Updates

However, the most interesting answer was his to the question of if the NBA should change its playoff system and, rather than take the top eight in each conference, take the Top 16 teams and seed them regardless of conference. Here was his response (that part of the interview starts at the 5:05 mark on the video above). "Ultimately we want to see your best teams in the playoffs. And there is an unbalance and a certain unfairness. There is a proposal (from one of the broadcasters)… where the division winners would all automatically go into the playoffs and then you’d seed the next 10 best teams. I think that’s the kind of proposal we need to look at. There are travel issues of course, but in this day in age every team of course has their own plane, travels charter. I don’t think the discussion should end there. And as I’ve said, my first year I was studying a lot of these issues and year 2 is time to take action. It’s something I’m going to look at closely with the competition committee. I do think it’s an area where we need to make a change.” NBCSports.com

February 3, 2015 Updates

"One of my concerns is that I will be portrayed as pro sports betting," he says. "But I view myself more as pro transparency. And someone who's a realist in the business. The best way for the league to monitor our integrity is for that betting action to move toward legal betting organizations, where it can be tracked. That's the pragmatic approach." ESPN.com

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